Barnegat: The search has intensified today as authorities from the area assist. The NJSP Helicopter is actively searching, along with the OCSD Drone. Child is named Michael and was last seen yesterday leaving the Brackman Middle School. He was reportedly last seen leaving the school in his soccer uniform. Please share and ONLY call the Barnegat Police if you see the missing child. Stop calling just to ask them what’s going on please. The situation is being treated as a runaway, not an abduction currently.
As per a family friend, the juvenile has been battling depression and possibly a victim of bullying. He is reported to be very intelligent, which means he could be scared and in hiding.
Command post is Village @ Keel. Wooded area shown below is primary search area.
Official photo provided by Jersey Shore Online!